The gentle genius of trees

by Bunting, Philip,

Format: Print Book 2021
Availability: Available at 5 Libraries 5 of 9 copies
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Let trees teach you everything from how to branch out to how to stay rooted in this delightful blend of nonfiction and inspirational humor by author-illustrator Philip Bunting!

What could we clever humans ever learn from trees? Find out when you take a stroll through the woods and learn a few life lessons from our foliaged friends in this truly special book filled with graphic illustrations.

With humor and heart, readers will encounter a small forest of facts. They'll explore the brilliance of trees in creating one interconnected wood-wide web that enables their community to collaborate with each other, share resources, warn of threats, and survive and thrive together.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "In a terrific tribute to the "wood-wide web," the author of How Did I Get Here? (2019) offers a mini disquisition rich in both philosophy and scientific fact. He begins with the latter, explaining how photosynthesis creates glucose for nourishment and releases oxygen, how trees grow toward sunlight and adapt to changing conditions, and even how they communicate and help one another out through root systems (their "subterranean cerebrum") connected by fungal networks. He then invites readers to see from their example the value of belonging to a community, of helping others, and of branching out to find "things that give you the most energy." Occasional wordplay ("How do you make an oak tree laugh?" "Tell it acorn-y joke") and googly eyes attached to almost every trunk or close-up leaf in the simply drawn illustrations keep both the informational load and the overall tone light. Having made the point that "what is good for the forest is good for the tree. And what is good for the tree is good for you and me," he closes with one final bit of woodland wisdom: "Grow slow, grow strong." Definitely a more salutary message than the "life" (or, more accurately, "death") lesson of The Giving Tree."
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Wry humor and googly eyes animate this playful, smart overview of the scientific processes that help trees to thrive. Bunting urges gratitude for all the ways "we hairy humans," portrayed with varying skin tones, benefit from woody species, and encourages amazement for the ingenious techniques trees have adapted to grow, communicate, and support one another. Infographic-like gouache and collaged illustrations portray a wide-eyed wildlife cast described with punny language: a mycellium-twined root system shares nutrients and information via a "wood-wide web of connections" ("Can I borrow a cup of glucose?" one tree asks another), and a parent tree shades a seedling to ensure its development occurs slowly enough to bolster longevity. With concluding spreads, Bunting further proposes life lessons that humans can learn from the "gentle genius of trees" ("Grow slow, grow strong"), circling back toward a subtly conservationist message of interconnection. Ages 4--8. (Jan.)"
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Additional Information
Subjects Trees -- Juvenile literature.
Publisher New York :Crown Books for Young Readers,2021
Edition First edition.
Language English
Description 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 26 cm
ISBN 9780593567814
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